Manufactures, fits, modifies, and provides patients with foot orthoses and shoes.
- High school diploma, GED, or college degree
- Pre-certification education course
- 1,000 hours of patient care
- Certification exam
Pedorthists select, modify, or create footwear to help people maintain or regain as much mobility as possible. Footwear items may include foot orthoses, shoes, boots, slippers, sandals, socks, hosiery, night splints, bandages, braces, partial-foot prostheses, or other devices. Footwear adjustments can be made inside or outside a shoe.
Pedorthists work in settings such as specialty shoe stores, orthotic and prosthetic patient care facilities, VA facilities, and rehabilitation facilities.
A pedorthist has studied foot anatomy and pathology, biomechanics, shoe construction and modification, foot orthosis fabrication and materials, footwear fitting, and management of medical conditions that originate at or below the ankle.
To become a pedorthist you must have a high school diploma, GED, or college degree. You must then complete a pedorthic pre-certification education course that includes musculoskeletal anatomy, material science, fabrication techniques, and job-preparation skills. The course will cover footwear fitting, lower-limb orthotic design, manufacture and materials, shoe construction and modification, and patient and practice management.
You must also complete 1,000 hours of pedorthic patient care experience either before or after the pre-certification course.
To obtain certification in pedorthics, you must pass exams from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC), the Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC), or both. To learn more about the requirements for certification, please visit the ABC website or the BOC website.